HAuNTcon 2014 and Making Your Haunted House Successful with Leonard Pickel

hauntcon 2014HAuNTcon, The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention, will be held in Houston, TX on January 23-28 and has teamed up with the Halloween & Expo Show for 2014! That means more Haunted House Tours, an Interactive Trade Show for Haunters, a weekend full of Education to make your Haunted Attraction successful, an over-the-top Costume Ball, a Garage Sale full of cheap items for your next show, and a chance to meet new friends and connect with those you have haven’t seen in awhile.

We get Leonard Pickel (the HAuNTcon mastermind) on the mic to give you the inside scoop on what HAuNTcon has to offer for 2014 so you can plan your schedule before you get there. This year HAuNTcon has teamed up with the Halloween and Party Expo, the first and LARGEST international show for the Halloween, Party, and Costume Industries; which should bring in new customers and products to the Haunt Industry.


Check out this Current List of Education Sessions, Classes, and Demos at HAuNTcon 2014  (More Classes Will be Added!)

Topic Presenter
Taking the Fright out of Writing a Haunted Business Plan Joyce McLean
Fire Codes for Haunted Attractions Fire Marshall Todd Mitchel & Shannon Brinkley
Sponsorships and Partnership Programs Julie Dion
Media Buying How-to Julie Dion
Advertising Using Facebook Ads Steve Colberg
Paid vs Volunteer; Operating an Attraction with a Hybrid Staff Jim Bugos
7 Ways to Profit in the $7 Billion Dollar Halloween Industry Kimberly Stewart
How To Build A Creative Team Chris & Jeff Davis and the crew of Davis Graveyard
Selling Sponsorships D’Ann Dagan
Critical Components of a Haunted Attraction Website Jeffrey Ward
Projected Ghost Effects Chris & Jeff Davis and the crew of Davis Graveyard
Using Fog And Special Effects To Safely Affect Your Bottom Line Chris Markgraf
Burns, Flesh Wounds, & Frozen Props! The Art of Detailing Dead Bodies Maris Blanchard
Theming your Haunt!”: Using Psychology to Dramatize Your
Theme and “Traumatize” Your Patrons!
Craig Caldwell
Advanced Haunted Attraction Floor Plan Design Leonard Pickel
How Realistic Detailing Can Make Or Break Your Set Chris & Jeff Davis
Prop Fabrication On A Budget Russ Foster
Secrets of Queue Line Entertainment! Matthew Martino
How to WIN on FaceOff! Panel Roy Wooley & RJ Haddy
Application of Latex Prosthetics with Emphasis on Airbrushing to Achieve Desired Effect Tom Devlin
The Art of Foam Carving Chris & Jeff Davis and the crew of Davis Graveyard
Horror Face Painting at a Fast Pace! Nick Wolfe
How To Create Effective, Detailed Zombies Cheap and in a Pinch Dale Flink
Roy Wooley Demo Roy Wooley
Dingy, Disgusting Walls for Your Haunt Ettie Thompson
How To Properly And Effectively Light Your Attractions and Store Displays Quan Gan
RJ Haddy Demo RJ Haddy
Original Music For Your Haunted Attraction Chris Thomas
Prop in 3D! Simple carving techniques to make 3D
props for your haunt
Laura Neeley
Makeup! Tips, Tricks,& Techniques! Hannah Moon


We also release the details for our January Giveaway where we will be giving away a one mask from Face Factory FX and one 2014 Haunted Halloween Calendar from Hector Turner. You must be a member of our Haunter’s Toolbox Newsletter to qualify to win.


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Win One Of These Prizes! Submit Your Entry Before Jan.24th. You Must Be a Member of The Haunter’s Toolbox Newsletter. Sign Up Here. (All new members will be automatically entered.)

A hand crafted Clown latex mask from Face Factory FX

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A 2014 Haunted Halloween Calendar (with Haunt Photos from all over the world!)

Haunted Halloween Calendar

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